Sheffield United will not be taking up the option to bring Ismaila Coulibaly back to Shirecliffe for this season, despite a clamour to see him in red and white.
Coulibaly enjoyed an impressive season with Beerschot last season. The midfielder scored five goals in the Jupiler League, with some fans calling for the midfielder to come back last term.
Stephen Bettis has previously said the Mali starlet is available for the club whenever he’s needed.
“Coulibaly is a prime example. Our recruitment deparment looked at him, after he was highlighted by the ‘Central Group Recruitment Team’. They saw the potential but didn’t think he was ready to play here yet,” Bettis said while Chris Wilder was in charge.
“This way, we got to strengthen Beerschot by signing him. They develop him but, and to put it bluntly, if Chris says he wants him the he’s on the next plane back to England!”
But despite scoring a lovely goal in pre-season for the Belgian side which has done the rounds on social media, it appears Couliably won’t be coming back just yet.
That’s according to respected Sheffield United reporter Natham Hemmingham of Yorkshire Live. He claims that while Coulibaly is rated, he is still considered too ‘raw’ for the moment.
It seems, then, that the 20-year-old will not be in the plans for now. However, another few months of finding the back of the net, and Jokanovic might have to quickly change his mind.
Star of the future?
This is a huge bonus for United really. Getting Coulibaly for peanuts and nuturing him in Belgium is ideal. Obviously, it would be nice to see him in red and white one day.
The likes of AC Milan are already said to have cast admiring glances in his direction.
But for now, this looks like the right stance from United. Keep him at Beerschot, develop him further, and then see if we can incorporate the youngster down the line.